Allman Bros. sue over iTunes, ringtones

The Allman Brothers Band is suing Universal Music, demanding a higher slice of the money the label earns from selling songs online through services such as iTunes.

The band claims it’s the victim of “digital exploitation,” and demands more royalties from sales.

The Allman Brothers Band is demanding at least $13 million and additional royalties from sales of newly configured compact discs and digital downloads for use on telephone ring tones.

The lawsuit seeks payments from the sale of some of the rock group’s songs recorded for its first label, Capricorn Records, from 1969 to 1980 when the band enjoyed such hits as “Jessica,” “Ramblin’ Man” and “Midnight Rider”, Billboard adds.

It all goes back to a 1985 deal between the band and the Polygram label, under that deal the act were to be paid half of profits from sale of music by the likes of iTunes or for any other sale not specified in the 1985 deal. And the band reckon they haven’t seen that half paid in full.

The Allman Brothers Band formed in the late 1960s and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Here’s a chance to see them perform ‘Midnight Rider’.

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